At Minstead Trust we nurture the unique potential of people with learning disabilities.

We support them to achieve greater independence, lead fulfilled lives and live as full citizens in society.

Our unique and friendly style is based on a strong community spirit and has changed the lives of hundreds of people.

This year has been difficult for us, dealing with the fall out from the COVID lockdown. With the help of our supporters we are on the road to recovery, read our update below.

Coping with COVID: an update

Minstead Stories

Be inspired by the stories of some of the people we support

For Agatha, Minstead Trust is a place where she can interact with others, maintaining her core skills where she is settled and happy within its safe and caring environment.

Minstead Trust gives Agatha a sense of independence, boosting her self-esteem.

At the Trust she is safe to experience some freedom, which adults without learning disabilities enjoy.

Kevan grew up in Gosport and has always lived with his mum Babs and other close family, and lots of rescue pets!

As an adult, Kevan now attends Minstead Trust's day opportunities service in Portsmouth. He is building up his confidence with a range of skills, including swimming.

Kevan's sister in law says going to the day opportunities centre has been so good for his confidence, it means a lot to him.

Laura lives at our residential care home. She previously communicated through hand gestures only, with very rare and limited verbal communication.

Laura found it frustrating when she couldn’t let people know what she wanted to do or how she was feeling. Staff encouraged Laura as she began to verbalise where she would like to shop and have lunch.

Laura was asked if she was happier now and she replied ‘yes’

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